The Elementary Education M.Ed. program is designed to meet the needs of the classroom teacher whose career goal is to remain in the classroom. It provides experiences in the foundations of education, an update of the student’s skills and understanding related to current research and instructional trends in basic subject matter areas, and elective choices in specific areas.
Teachers with a temporary teaching certificate, who have obtained a statement of eligibility, may be accepted into the program and may have the opportunity to include coursework required by the state of Florida to move to professional certification. However, the Elementary Education MA program is specifically designed for elementary education teaching certification. Therefore, contact the program advisor to determine which is appropriate for your circumstances.
The MEd in Elementary Education requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and offers a thesis and nonthesis option. The nonthesis option requires a research study in one or more courses. The research study and final report will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in a student’s particular specialization within the education profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area. Both options require 6 credit hours of core courses and a minimum of 15 credit hours of elective specialization courses, in addition to the 9 credit hours required in the thesis or nonthesis options. At minimum, 50 percent of the program coursework completed for the MEd must be at the 6000 level.
Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
Students should plan to take EDE 6933 Introductory Seminar in Elementary Education during the first semester of enrollment. Students should take EDE 6935 , which includes a program culminating experience, during the final semester in the program.
Required Courses: 6 Credit Hours
Note: Courses with an asterisk (*) require an independent learning experience in the form of research studies.
These courses are offered online.
Specialization and Electives: 24 Credit Hours
Consult with your advisor to determine the coursework that will best meet your professional goals. Choose from the following specializations: ESOL Endorsement, Reading Endorsement, General Elementary Education, Exceptional Education, Dual Language, Elementary Education Certificate, Early Childhood Education, Gifted Education, or K-8 Mathematics and Science. Choose at least 15 credit hours from the following specialization courses with the approval of your adviser. The adviser may approve courses taken as part of a UCF graduate certificate program for this area of the MEd (up to 18 credit hours).
- EDS 5356 Mentoring and Clinical Supervision of Pre- Professional Educators-highly recommended. (This course prepares you to supervise interns. For each senior intern and two junior interns you supervise, you will earn a Certificate of Participation which covers the cost of 6 credit hours of courses.)
Must take all 18 hours after applying for the reading endorsement certification program. These classes must be completed within 3 years.
ESOL Endorsement K-12 Graduate Certificate
Must take all 15 hours after applying for the ESOL endorsement certification program. Upon successful completion, students will need to complete separate paperwork with the state of Florida for official recognition of this endorsement.
Professional Teaching Certificate
Refer to your statement of eligibility. Upon successful completion, students will need to pass all sections of FTCE and complete separate paperwork with the state of Florida for official recognition.
General Elementary Education Specialization
Exceptional Education Specialization
Must take all 18 hours after applying for the Special Education Graduate Certificate Program. These courses are offered online.
Early Childhood Education Specialization
Gifted Education Specialization
Take all 15 credits after applying for the Gifted Certification Program. These courses are offered online.
Mathematics and/or Science Specialization
Dual Languages Graduate Certificate
Select six of the following seven courses after applying for the dual languages certificate program. Please consult with your adviser to help you choose the courses that best fit the needs for your future career.
Thesis Option: 9 Credit Hours
Nonthesis Option: 9 Credit Hours
A culminating experience is required in this option.
- Electives (9 credit hours) selected with the permission of the adviser
The program requires a research study in both the EDE 6933 and EDE 6935 courses. The research study and final report will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in a student’s particular specialization within the education profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- A current Florida Professional Teaching Certificate in the program’s subject area. Applicants who have graduated from an accredited university or college teacher certification program in another state or country, in the appropriate subject and/or grade range, may also be admitted to the MEd program at the discretion of the program director.
- A Temporary Teaching Certificate, a passing score on the GKT and SAE sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), and at least 1 year of successful teaching experience.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
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|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Teachers who have supervised interns in the past have earned Certificates of Participation (COPs) that qualify for free tuition waivers. For more information about this opportunity: https://edcollege.ucf.edu/clinicalexp/ and select “Collaborating Teachers” on the page. To access this request form: https://edcollege.ucf.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2017/09/COPGuidelinesRequestForm.pdf
Note that you may register for 6 or more credit hours each semester. If you only use 3, the other 3 are forfeited.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.